Cubase is a strange beast- perhaps misunderstood. It's extremely powerful, and has a rather steep learning curve, so it's not exactly something that will provide immediate gratification, and it is probably not the best choice for beginners. Some people feel it is buggy and unstable, but I sincerely hold the belief that most problems people encounter are from user error and the mishmash of hardware they have running.
Realistically, I don't think there is a single program that offers so much for the money. I run it on a 200mmx, and have encountered few problems with overloading the CPU. When that happens, I can always perform a submix to free more of the CPU.
Cons: Documentation is in PDF format (I would prefer a good hardcopy manual). Also, to fully unleash its potential, third-party plug-ins are needed (I use Waves NPP). "Undo" feature is not fully developed (doesn't support multiple levels of undo). Wave Pool access to files is oddly implemented for deleting files from hard drive. Can't open midi tracks and audio tracks simultaneously in editor. Mixer automation is spotty.
Pros: Works with all sorts of harware, supports native plug-ins, almost unlimited audio tracks, audio editor is excellent, has more features than you'll ever use.
Rating: 8 out of 10
posted Friday, 09-Apr-99 at 18:1
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